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Trends in epilepsy admissions in children, 1981–2013: population-based observational study using the Scottish national hospital discharge database

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  • Contributors RFMC conceptualised the study. RFMC, CJW and RW designed the study. RFMC, CJW and RW obtained regulatory approvals. JS extracted the data. All authors had full access to all of the data (including statistical reports and tables) in the study and can take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. All authors contributed to the writing of the manuscript and have approved the final version submitted for publication.

  • Funding The study was funded by the Muir Maxwell Trust. CJW was supported in this work by NHS Lothian via the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. The funders had no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication.

  • Competing interests The study was funded by the Muir Maxwell Trust, which has provided financial support to help establish the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval We obtained governance approval in April 2014 from the Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC 35/13, now the Public Benefit and Privacy Panel,23 http://www.informationgovernance.scot.nhs.uk/pbpphsc/). The East of Scotland Research Ethics Service confirmed in April 2014 ethical approval was not required (CYA/AG/14/GA/0047). Analyses were undertaken within the NHS Scotland Safe Haven.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The data used in this project are controlled by NHS National Services Scotland. Other researchers wishing to access anonymised, patient-level data for research purposes should contact NSS’s research support team, eDRIS (see http://www.isdscotland.org/Products-and-Services/eDRIS/).

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Footnotes

  • Contributors RFMC conceptualised the study. RFMC, CJW and RW designed the study. RFMC, CJW and RW obtained regulatory approvals. JS extracted the data. All authors had full access to all of the data (including statistical reports and tables) in the study and can take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. All authors contributed to the writing of the manuscript and have approved the final version submitted for publication.

  • Funding The study was funded by the Muir Maxwell Trust. CJW was supported in this work by NHS Lothian via the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. The funders had no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication.

  • Competing interests The study was funded by the Muir Maxwell Trust, which has provided financial support to help establish the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval We obtained governance approval in April 2014 from the Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC 35/13, now the Public Benefit and Privacy Panel,23 http://www.informationgovernance.scot.nhs.uk/pbpphsc/). The East of Scotland Research Ethics Service confirmed in April 2014 ethical approval was not required (CYA/AG/14/GA/0047). Analyses were undertaken within the NHS Scotland Safe Haven.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The data used in this project are controlled by NHS National Services Scotland. Other researchers wishing to access anonymised, patient-level data for research purposes should contact NSS’s research support team, eDRIS (see http://www.isdscotland.org/Products-and-Services/eDRIS/).

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